Chiss House Structure
Each Chiss House consists of many sentients of the following titles:
Aristocra – The leader of a Chiss House, the Aristocra represents the interests of that House. The Aristocra is expected to file a monthly report to the Chiss Parliament confirming that they have met the Constitutional Requirements for recognition.
Syndic – A Syndic is the Quartermaster of the Chiss House and serves as Regent in times of transition. Many modern Chiss Houses have been known to grant the status of Syndic to Non-Chiss and others have been known to appoint their heir as Syndic as preparation for the greater responsibility of Aristocracy. The Syndic also commands the Household Phalanx in the absence of the Aristocra.
Blood Born – Blood Born are heirs for the Aristocracy and by Chiss Law MUST be Chiss. Blood Born are further identiified by the nature of their blood relation to the current Aristocra(Sibling, Cousin, etc.). Some Chiss Houses require the majority of their Blood Born to consent before naming an Heir, Appointing a Syndic, or any other major decision. A Chiss House must have at least two Blood Born to be recognized, the Aristocra and the Heir.
Trial Born – Each Chiss House has a process for determining for when Merit Adoptives may be promoted to reflect their dedication to the Chiss House. Such sentients are said to have been “Born to Trial” and are known a Trial Born. Each House varies in the privileges and responsibilities, but every House expects more from its Trial Born than its Merit Adoptives.
Merit Adoptive – Those who have applied or have been invited into a Chiss House are known as Merit Adoptive. The ranks and privileges vary from House to House, but every merit adoptive is recognized as a House Member. Many Chiss Houses have been known to grant this rank to Non-Chiss.
Household Phalanx: Each House maintains a bodyguard unit of troops to protect House personnel and property. These troops cannot be placed under the command of the CEDF without the approval of their Aristocra.
According to the Chiss Constitution, a Chiss House must contain at least an Aristocra, a Blood-Born Heir, and one other. The Aristocra and Heir must be Chiss. They must be active Citizens or Dual Citizens of the Chiss Ascendancy. This is known as the House’s Merit of Power.
Each House must provide history and determine at least one specialization. The Specialization is the area of responsibility for the Chiss House and this must be approved by the Council of Families. This requirement is known as the Virtue of Service.
Each Chiss House is given a number that corresponds to a slot within the Council of Families.
Each Chiss House may have lesser Houses subordinate to it. These “Lesser Houses” must be members of a Ruling House and the members must be approved by the Council of Families(the Aristocra and any Blood Born must be Chiss.).
HOW DO I JOIN OR FOUND A CHISS HOUSE(or SubHouse)?
You can join a Chiss House by getting in contact with their Aristocra. You can found(or restore) a Chiss House by contacting the Council of Families. The Judicial Circuit will review the Chiss House Application for constitutionality, and then a vote will be conducted within the Council of Families on whether to grant the potential House a seat.
House Logo(not required):
Aristocra: Name (Affiliation)
Heir: Name (Affiliation)
Other Members: Name – Race(Affiliation)
Specialization(approved by Council of Families):
WHAT ARE IDLE HOUSES?
These are Houses that have lapsed in activity and with the permission of the Council of Families may be reauthorized if an application is submitted and the applicant meets the constitutional requirements.
WHO ARE THE CURRENT HOUSES?:
The names and specializations of the Chiss Houses are not revealed publicly. A sentient may only reveal the number of their house and their house rank.(Example: “I am a Merit Adoptive of the Second House”).
NOTE: A citizen who is NOT a member of a Chiss House is primarily identified by their CEDF rank. All Citizens have a CEDF rank and all Dual Citizens are considered CEDF Reservists.
K’ARCI BAH VUTAVCAH
The K’arci bah Vutavcah is the annual gathering of the Chiss Houses. It was historically held once a year during Pre-Ascendancy times for the Chiss Houses to have a time of peaceful celebration outside of the inter-House conflict.When the Ascendancy was founded, it became when a new Grand Aristocra would be elected. The Grand Aristocra served until death or resignation.